Locals say the town has more churches than private houses. Either way, Latali’s architecture proves its historical importance.
Ten kilometres from the main square of downtown Mestia, Latali is still part of the Mestia community. A few steps away from the main stream of tourism to Mestia-Ushghuli, locals promote it proudly mouth-to-mouth:
‘We have more churches than private houses here’, ‘From here there is a path that leads you to the oldest settlement in Svaneti’, ‘Latali used to separate Free Svaneti from the occupied Svaneti’.
Even though local knowledge and scientific research always get mixed up in Svaneti, Latali’s architecture proves its historical importance.